Rachael Van Horn
Woodward, Okla. —
Woodward High School band members swept the competition with high awards at the Pride of Hennessey-Bradley Gilbert Memorial Band Competition over the weekend.
"Last year, we were there and did fairly well. But this year I am so impressed with what they have done," WHS band director Daci Crockett said.
The high school band, which is comprised of 9th through 12th graders, competed in both the field and parade marching band competition.
"On the parade marching, we scored a superior, which is the highest ranking you can get," Crockett said. "And on the field marching, we scored a superior as well."
Woodward also won first place for band and drum line and the band won first place against seven other bands overall.
The win puts them in a good place to prepare for more meets with even more competition, Crockett said.
Plans for the band to attend the Oklahoma Band Master Association competition next year are in the works, Crockett said.
Crocker also credited Greg Nuse, assistant band director; Rhonda Matthews, color guard director; Charlie Burns, volunteer and Patrick McClung, percussion technician, for the win.
Crockett said with everyone, cheerleaders, students, band members, players working together, the effect on school spirit and their ability to support the football teams with good, loud, spirited music has been noticed.
"Our sound has improved and they all are really working hard," she said. "It's just great to see everyone get behind everybody and support each other."